* Posts by goldcd

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TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics

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Meh

I'm in the same position as you, but really don't feel the urge to get annoyed over it.

Sure if something I type *should* have been resolved, and doesn't due to Virgin, I'd have a mard - but seeing a page of adverts over a 'not found' message, isn't really destroying my quality of life.

Moreover I can see there being value in gathering info on what people have tried that doesn't resolve - using this for *something* productive does appeal (basically, if I were Virgin I'd do the same, so can't blame them for doing it).

I have however plenty of actual gripes with Virgin - fucking about with caps, caching youtube badly, pandering to site blocking requests etc etc etc.

But, by and large, they're a pretty good ISP given their size. I also feel slightly guilty over my wife haranguing them over out 'internet being down' - when it turned out I'd stuffed up the cat wiring in the house. Lovely offshore support guy was very tolerant of her abuse, and resisted inflicting my deserved raking-over-the-coals as the phone was passed over to me and the penny finally dropped.

*guilt*

I'm now off to see if there's anyway I can go and give him a medal..

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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erm just put your whisk(e)y

bottle in the freezer.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Nah

BBC owners had parents who'd been sold on it being 'educational' (and were minted).

Brats all seemed to get a CPC with a colour screen.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Still love mine, after using it for well over a year.

Strangely I prefer the original plastic one - looks like a 'pebble', whereas the metal one looks like some f'ugly 80s casio - but nothing wrong with their being choice.

I just want an updated version - higher-res screen, maybe transflective colour LCD etc. Maybe pulse meter? But, is any of these are going to hammer the battery, I'll gladly forgo them.

I just like Pebble's approach. It's not a computer. It's not designed to be used without a phone - it's just a nifty little low notification screen/controller, that happens to be on your wrist, not your phone.

I mainly just use mine to see what meetings I have coming up, who's calling me, controlling my music as I walk about.

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Shin avoids boot: Samsung hangs onto mobile chief despite crappy Galaxy S5 sales

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Yes, but I dislike the somewhat wasteful upgrades that would cause.

How about for a flagship.

£20 a month in the first year, then half that for the 2nd year, then half again for the year after etc all run with a SIM only deal.

Currently have the bizarre situation where people count down the months to the end of their contract, so they can snap up whatever looks good and leap back onto another contract.

If they don't want to upgrade immediately, they then have to start negotiating on their contract price, or cough up additional cash every month (now the phone is paid off), until the new shiney model they want comes out.

Another useful thing would be to properly soak up those unwanted by the rich phones. e.g. If somebody wants to go from an S4 to an S5, after the first year they can, but remain on the £20 a month fee. Samsung refurbishes (slap it in a new plastic shell) and then offers it to maybe an S3 user. Dear Mr S3 user, you're paying £5 for a S3 today. We're about to drop the price to £2.50, or you can carry on paying us a fiver a month and we'll give you an S4

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Indeed

I've been using Chrome since it came out, piling more and more plugins on it - and never been anything less than faultless and butter-off-the-back-of-a-lubed-dolphin-smooth.

Not for one moment saying there can't be problems - but entirely disingenuous to state there's a major problem with Chrome.

I've asked for, voted for and even got features in the Chrome forums - I can only suggest if you think there's a problem you tell Google - and I've complete confidence they'll do their best to fix the issues.

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Additionally, I can't find fault with the Kindle.

Sure there are other ereaders out there, but if I ignored price, I'd still go with Kindle (love the worldwide 3G). Price of it's just the icing on the cake.

On my regular android phone I have my amazon app, my kindle app (and I assume there's nothing to stop there being a Firefly app in the future).

I am just completely bemused as to why Amazon even attempted to make this phone. There's absolutely nothing unique about this I want, and mediocre specs and insane price..

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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Think this through

We've discovered the government malware.

You click through to comment upon it - and then you see a post that distracts you, and causes you to write something else.

Who benefits from this distraction? Who might have caused it? Surely you don't believe there's really anybody quite so retarded?

*raises eyebrow*

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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I'd never assumed the 6+ was supposed to outsell the 6.

I'd always assumed that finally Apple had realized a bit bigger basic size was a good idea (the 6) and the 6+ was simply to stop anybody who might have been pondering leaving the ecosystem for a Note (or whatever).

I'm an Android user, but looking at the 6 hardware/size (and the iOS tweaks like choosing a decent keyboard), suddenly realized that most of my previous criticisms/blockers to buy, had all been neatly tidied away.

Still don't like the UI much - but that's more a personal preference, and as most people seem to like it, I don't feel it's really a complaint. Plus Android seems to be becoming annoying more and more locked down (yes, I had to root my damn phone to allow my file manager of choice to write to the SD card).

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Re: Have to distinguish

Speaking for 'Android'

We don't have to jail-break to install our own apps - but you have to specifically enable the option to allow this.

I thought on iOS you could also do it with a corporate license (i.e. your company puts a cert on your phone, they sign their custom apps, they can be installed on your phone directly).

I've no idea what the big deal here is though. If you run random code on your machine, it can do all manner of things (which is why you don't run random code on your machines). Just on phones, you have to jump through some hoops to do this (which simply makes it even more stupid).

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Hmm.

Not *just* default passwords.

Normally if I plug something random into my home router if I leave stuff defaulted, then it's stupidly configured, but only accessible to me, in my house.

Can only speak for the Foscam cameras, but these 'helpfully' expose themselves to the external world by punching through my router, and assigning themselves a guessable dynamic IP domain.

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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

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Indeed

AFAIK it's an app you install on your devices, and it uses your resources.. not quite sure what I'm getting for my yearly payment over a premium bit of the same software.

Still, I use it today (it's free) and it works quite nicely. Install on PC and choose a share dir, get it to generate a QR code and take a snap from your phone, point it to a folder there and boom - two folders in sync.

It's currently pretty-lightweight, but does seem to work pretty well.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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This one's my favourite

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186370-d2440887-r161671908-Sotto_Sotto-Bath_Somerset_England.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT

#1 Restaurant in Bath - and they put effort as much effort into their responses, as their food.

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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I agree

but mission boundaries aside, I quite like getting rewarded with weapons, for exploring early.

That's that I like about open world games - messing about. I'll wade through the 'missions', sure, but bluntly I realize I have no interest in them being hard.

I always saw this as being an active design decision. Some people will hammer through these games, mission to mission, ignoring the side-quests and "that interesting thing" I turned back to have another look at. They probably like their balanced missions.

Favourite of mine in this genre was the original Crackdown - MS pulling a decent version of that out the bag is pretty much the only thing that'll get me coughing up for an XBone.

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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You can reset reading progress

Go to to Amazon website and "Manage Your Content and Devices", and it's available from the 'actions' against your books.

Couple of books/or maybe latest kindle update seem to have a 'bug'. Hyperlinks to the footnotes take you to later in the book, but 'back' dumps you back to the book selection page.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The MIGHTY Scotch egg

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I was a little dis-heartened to read they were pre-hard-boiled

Personally, I don't like them 'runny' at the end, but do like them to be a bit 'gooey'

This works if you simply don't boil them.

When boiled, you get the gradient inside the egg (outside of yolk cooked, centre runny) - and if you cook them longer, you get completely hard-boiled.

If you turn down the heat, the whole things cooks as one.

Things like this http://www.lakeland.co.uk/3158/Egg-Perfect are quite nifty as it does show you the state of the egg.

But putting all of that aside.

Black-pudding works, but I prefer it not all black-pudding.

Biggest crime though was not serving the quarters with a bit of mayonnaise or aioli.

Still more cooking projects, please.

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TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

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Talk Talk is pretty much the only company

Who've managed to instil in my mind the shitness of their service, without my ever actually having been a customer.

It's really quite a fantastic feat for me to have absorbed so dissatisfaction osmotically from my environment alone.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Because for the additional size

I'd prefer to have one less thing to worry about.

In an ideal world, yes, I'd agree - if I could guarantee access to the server from work/home/on the go and didn't have any connectivity issues etc.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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erm Lenovo do a windows version

If you want to feel like you're living in the future, have a google for Onda.

Couple of hundred quid, you can get something that looks similar to (and has the retina screen of an ipad mini), with full blown windows 8 running on it.

I spent years trying to get my 'portable stuff' to do what was simple of my 'proper' machine.

My next decision isn't going to be iOS or Android. It's going to be Android or Windows ('proper' windows)

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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No

You can setup twitter to only distribute your tweets to your followers (protected) - so not public.

This whole idea was utterly barmy - machine parsing data, that is already accessible to human recipients.

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Watch out, Samsung and Apple: Xiaomi's No 3 in smartphones now

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They shouldn't be

They have a decent OS freely available to them (which they insist on touching and breaking).

They have divisions churning our the memory, screens and CPUs that all these phones need.

They have no shortage of cash, to do whatever they want with.

Their problem, is that they make pretty fugly high-end phones (no, I've really no idea why), which then force them to create even worse low-end phones so as not to cannibalize their own high-end.

If you look at Xiaomi, Oppo, Lenovo etc etc. It seems you can make a pretty high-spec phone for a lot less than some people are trying to sell them for.

If you want to rule the top end, you have to differentiate. Sony's camera, LG's screen-res, HTC's physical design. Samsung... back to my previous point. I genuinely have no idea why anybody would buy a phone from them.

They either need to pull their finger our and design something paradigm shifting at the high end (I'd like another choice) or cut their losses, bail out, compete with the middle-tiers and leverage their vertical.

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EE launches 150Mbps '4G+' in the heart of London

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Bragging rights

but that's about it.

I was on EE for a good few years and migrated from 3G onto their 4G.. It's nice to have the little icon at the top of your screen, but a smug speed-test aside, never really needed it.

Switched to 3 not so much for the network performance (which I'm perfectly happy with), but for the nicer package - simple stuff like not charging me for 0800 numbers outside of my bundle, not charging me more if I want to ever connect to 4G and the free roaming.

Would I like 150M? Of course I would - but as there's no real (or affordable use) for this, I really fail to see the point. Maybe I'm missing something - but I can see no consumer need for anything over a high-def streaming video.

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

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I dunno - I quite like our current system

Chip and Pin on a regular card doesn't seem particularly arduous to me. For small purchases (coffee, papaer, sandwich etc), the NFC without pin on the regular card feels pretty smooth.

I'd certainly like to not have to carry my wallet around with me - but whilst I use cash, and can't guarantee every vendor will take NFC, I'm going to be carrying it.

If I'm carrying my wallet about anyway, I'm not quite sure what advantage NFC on my phone gives me.

That's not a criticism of Apple, it also goes for Google and EE and all the rest who've tried. Apple Pay solves a problem that doesn't exist. If there was any hope of this working, it need the CC providers (Visa, Mastercard, Amex etc) to get behind it. Only thing the retailer is scared of is the withdrawal of their ability to accept card payments. Therefore they're the only person that can mandate usage to the retailers. And.. I've no idea why they'd want to.

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Sunset Overdrive: Exploding teddy bears, dragon fights and more in a tangerine blast

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Re: the 10 Xbox One owners might be overjoyed with this

Indeed - you think Bayonetta 2's dev are happy with their potential market of both the WiiU owners?

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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There's still plenty of 'old' internet out there.

I run a stupid little threaded message board I created to learn PHP. No access without a login (i.e no robots), full SSL, no ads, no tracking. Been running for a decade - first 5 years fixing the worst of the bugs when I could be bothered (or undersood them) and some silly features, last 5 no real maintenance apart from server cost which is covered by a few people chucking a few quid a month (which they seem happy to do).

My point would be that a site doesn't need to make money. I've no issue with those that do, but if you hanker after some past idyll, it's probably still there if you want and if it isn't, there's nothing to stop you making it yourself, and it's easier today than it ever was.

8.5 million posts, marriages, births, divorces and a few deaths commemorated (but mainly what people are having for lunch)

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ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

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Intel threat?

Intel have finally produced some pretty good tablet silicon for Android, just as the market has (seemingly peaked), and from recent reports failed to pull in much money from doing so (I'm assuming current offerings were pretty heavily subsidized).

Next big thing seems to be the 'ultra-low-power/wearables', that ARM already seems to have stitched up.

Aside from their 'regular' chips, the place Intel should be doing is between tables and their existing market. Most impressive 'thing' I've seen this year is the new MS Surface. Smidge bigger than your ipad, bit a genuine, real, *proper* computer.

I could almost forgive Windows 8 after seeing it.

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Marissa! Mayer! ends! 21! month! dry! spell! as! Yahoo! sales! grow!

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Yahwho?

I assume it's been done before, but I was too lazy to check.

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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They're not doing this so you can get a phone

They're doing this to build a brand.

They've made, what by all accounts is a lovely phone.

They've priced it so wonderfully cheap, it has no competition near this price.

They're now wanting you to talk about it. We are. Again.

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Batman in the frame to take on Steve Jobs

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This will be interesting

The 'common person on the street' knows he's the 'Apple genius' (as they've been repeatedly told this).

I'm unsure if his 'megalomaniacal ass-hattery' is quite such public knowledge.

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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So it's OK, if the server is outside of the US?

Would that mean that any US company that hosts a mirror/backup/load-balancer (AWS and all the rest of it) that isn't in the states, forfeits legal protection from their own government?

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Bless

I have sympathy for GT (advanced) - yet there's a certain feeling of schadenfreude from a petty person like me.

Apple, despite the views of their board, have been unable to control physics (yet)

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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I was always dubious

of the copious amounts of boxed tissues hotels seem to leave around - but you're not charged by usage type.

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TalkTalk and Three want to make it easier to switch mobe networks

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Re: Why don't OFCOM handle this?

Indeed.

Normally when I get my new SIM from the new operator, the last action I do with the old SIM is just re-direct to the new 'temporary' number. Pop in the new SIM and wait for the porting-magic - and then I realize texts to my old number are vanishing into the void.

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It's not *that* different here

You just phone them up and say "I want a PAC"

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I had pretty much the same conversation.

To be fair, I'd no real issues with EE - apart from their somewhat gouging attitude to every bell and whistle.

e.g. not content with selling you LTE, they then try to sell you 'super-LTE'!

Didn't mind them asking why I was leaving, and they politely listened and handed over my PAC code without a quibble.

I just liked Three's reasonably straightforward pricing - and desire to actually remove annoyances (e.g. charging for 0800 numbers). Bonus bits such as freebie US roaming, 4G just appearing unannounced near me, downloadable app that'll route calls over wifi to get around any poor indoor reception - rather than having to get a picocell etc etc, all bonuses.

Still, would happily go back to EE if anything changes. Vodafone on the other hand - never.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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That looks pretty damn good.

Look at your market and give them something actually innovative.

I've no idea if it'll save the company - but at least if they do bite the dust, they can walk away with their heads held high.

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Yahoo! Made! $8bn! In! One! Day! And! You'll! Easily! Guess! How!

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They sold off 6%

leaving them with 16% still in hand.

I'm reasonably sure, they're not too upset over this.

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Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks

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Nobody was supposed to buy it

That's merely there to allow them to slap a low price on the advert.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Indeed

Hoped somebody had pointed that out before me.

Wasn't just this one as well - I loved/used a significant number of the powertoys. Always assumed they were the product of disgruntled MS devs who'd given up on presenting for management buy-in and had just written the damn thing.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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I think EE did

but then they charge you £15 from memory - so you may as well get a cheapie sim-only sim.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Pebble's nearly there

Think it needs a charge about every 4 days, costs $99ish etc.

Nowhere near as feature rich as all these current phones - but does what I want.

Buzzes when I have a meeting and tells me what it is, lets me control my launch music players and control them as I walk about. Tells me who's calling and lets me answer/ignore etc etc.

It's by no means perfect, but to me at least, scope of what it's trying to do is about right.

I think my main issue with current gen is that I refuse to 'talk' to my watch. I'm getting old, aren't I?

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

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I would have said Plants vs Zombies 2

I very much enjoyed it initially. I even bought some in-game stuff to thank them - stuff that would improve the game, not magic beans you buy as they've crippled the game otherwise and will be buying eternally.

I thought it was a very pleasant and pragmatic of the 'free to play' model.

Then one day I got a massive game update, whole game changed and I'd been nuked back to the beginning and chucked some magic beans.

I can only assume EA had noticed PopCap had snuck out a decent game and were mortified.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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I feel bad.

I've always delighted in Apple-bashing (even whilst buying some of their products) for... well as they had some horribly devoted buyers who took the bait every time.

What Apple just delivered on was on one hand uninspiring - but on the other what us 'fandroids' had delighted in mocking Apple for not producing before. I suddenly miss Apple not giving a toss what their detractors say and ploughing their own furrow - it was clearly a rubbish furrow *glances away from Apple's revenues*, but they should at least have had the courage of their rut.

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

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Re: Fork this fruit only shite!

Search for "Recce"

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Celeb nudie iCloud pervs hatched photo-slurping Flappy Bird plot

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And the external storage got locked down

in KitKat, I think.

Took me f'in ages to hack my M8 back to a working state - still, at least you'll all get to see little goldcd in the near future.

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

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Also might be worth looking at Bittorrent Sync

Still pretty new and not particularly feature rich - but is another option if you have multiple machines (and phones) you want to share across and not have a 3rd party vendor involved.

Had a quick play with it and seems to 'just work' - also has nice little features, like throwing up a QR code on your PC, you can scan from your phone, if you want to setup a sync.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Apple phones

are a prestige brand for people who have to pay monthly.

Have you seen their prices if you simply wish to walk in and buy one outright? That's not the market they're going for.

To be fair, it's not an 'Apple' thing, it's a 'phone' thing. There's a frightening number of people out there whose most expensive single possession is their phone, and haven't quite grasped 24 month contracts and depreciation.

Anyway - iPhones may be lovely, but they're not prestige.

Looking at watches - well have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swatch_Group#Brands and guess where the money actually comes from.

The prestige thing is 'nice' but.. well doesn't bring in that much. Still you should try and maintain the appearance of prestige - I hear nothing but nice things about experiences people have in Apple stores, and think that's the way to go about keeping your brand valuable.

Omega asking me to send my POS 'luxury' watch to a Swatch concession in Covent Garden, where after a pile of cash they returned it to me without box/warranty card and loose in an f'in jiffy bag (and it's broken again). Well the swiss should be worried, but Apple shouldn't be aiming their sights on them.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

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Meh

If you've got enough money to consider this, you've bought everything need.

Once you've got what you need it's just what you want.

And then, working on the basis computers aren't going to go away, Woz isn't going to time-travel back and make any more, it's a reasonably safe investment.

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

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Or anybody you're about to hand over stock options to

when say you're about to risk a fortune on an incredibly risky venture - and you want to make sure they don't bail at the first little bump.

He's many things - but I don't recall him every being described as 'stupid'

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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I'm currently sporting a reasonably old i7 2600k

Been through a few GPU upgrades - but as a gamer not found anything that maxes it out.

Only thing that makes it sweat is the odd handbrake video encode.

I'm really not quite sure who this chip's for - 4k gamers don't need it. Industrial video crunchers just need a pool of lesser chips.

Still - it's faster, so I want one.

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